Why are Air Compressors sometimes fitted to a tank?

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The air receiver or tank allows the storage and control of compressed air.  A device on most Air Compressors maintains air pressure at a pre-determined pressure range, allowing the Air Compressor to operate automatically as the air is used, switching on and off accordingly.  The air receiver will also be fitted with a safety device to prevent over pressurisation, a means of draining condensate and various outlet sockets.  The size of air receiver (usually measured in litres) will normally be proportional to the size or capacity of Air Compressor fitted.  Air Compressors are available without an air receiver and these must be switched on/off manually during use.

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